Everett man accused of fatally punching small dog

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A 33-year-old Everett, Wash., man accused of fatally punching his girlfriend's small dog on Christmas has been arrested for investigation of felony animal cruelty.

The Daily Herald reports that police say the 14-pound Cockapoo named Romeo was beaten while the man and his girlfriend were having guests over for a holiday dinner. The girlfriend was on her way home from work.

Witnesses told police that the man grew frustrated when the dog wouldn't stop begging for food.

A police affidavit says a necropsy showed the dog suffered broken ribs and a torn aorta.

Jonah Brown was arrested Monday and booked into the Snohomish County Jail after police reviewed a veterinarian's report.